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RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« on: Thursday 16 May 19 10:18 BST (UK) »
Hello,

We know that my grandfather served in the RAF in WW2. But do not know much else. I found a photo of him and his whole section. and there was this written on the back. Could anybody let me know what it means please?

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #1 on: Thursday 16 May 19 10:49 BST (UK) »
UK Census info. Crown Copyright, from www.nationalarchives.gov.uk

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #2 on: Thursday 16 May 19 11:06 BST (UK) »
Ahhh Thanks Shaun,

Ok, That makes sense. He was a bus and lorry driver outside of the military, so I have an inkling that he was probable a driver if he was in Supply and transport.

In the group photo he and a few others are wearing different hats to everyone else. you can see him second from left in back row of this snippet

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #3 on: Thursday 16 May 19 11:29 BST (UK) »
Here's a lady who has a copy of the war diary - you could ask her to check where A Section was on that day.

https://www.airfieldresearchgroup.org.uk/forum/introduce-yourself/17-the-introduce-yourself-thread?start=3180
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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #4 on: Thursday 16 May 19 11:45 BST (UK) »
Incredible,

I have just messaged her,

thankyou again

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #5 on: Thursday 16 May 19 11:54 BST (UK) »
B.L.A. stands for British Liberation Army
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Robinson (RAF)
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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #6 on: Thursday 16 May 19 12:11 BST (UK) »
ahh ok.

Thanks Brewins girl

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #7 on: Thursday 16 May 19 15:19 BST (UK) »
BLA was the official term for the British forces on the Western Front from the Normandy invasion until August 1945 when it became the British Army of the Rhine.

There is no significance in the differing styles of headgear worn.

You may wish to apply for his service record? 
https://www.gov.uk/get-copy-military-service-records/apply-for-someone-elses-records (service number is not required if you have his date of birth)

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Re: RAF Group Photo, The Gang of Rogues
« Reply #8 on: Thursday 16 May 19 17:27 BST (UK) »
Thankyou MaxD,

That surprises me. Everything ive found so far has so much significance in terms of what it signifies. So I would have thought a completely different shaped hat would mean something completely different